Craftsman S165 (41AY4216791) 42cc 16-inch Gas Chainsaw Review

Craftsman S165 (41AY4216791) is a budget priced gas chainsaw with 2-cycle 42cc engine and 16-inch bar and low-kickback chain with 0.050″ gauge and 3/8″ pitch.

Cutting performance

Cutting performance is mediocre. Craftsman S165 could be more powerful as it lacks torque and bogs down or even stall in some situations. It doesn’t cut as fast as more expensive chainsaws.

It can be a bit difficult to start at times too.


Craftsman S165 (41AY4216791) has automatic chain oiling system with adjustable oil flow, 3-point anti-vibration system, polymer chassis, chain brake and chain tensioner.

Chain tensioner is mediocre as it doesn’t hold tension as well as more expensive chainsaw so you will have to adjust it more often.

Capacity of fuel tank is 9 oz (270 mL) and oil reservoir capacity is 6.5 oz (200 mL).

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Craftsman S165 41AY4216791 weighs ~11.75 lbs (~5.3 kg) without fuel and chain oil.


Craftsman S165 (41AY4216791) is a mediocre chainsaw that can be sufficient in some situations for those who don’t want to buy expensive chainsaw.

Craftsman 41AY4216791 S165 Chainsaw Specifications:

  • Type: Gas
  • Engine: 42 cc 2-cycle
  • Guide bar: 16-inch CMXGSAMCN4216 S165
  • Saw chain pitch: 3/8″ (9.5 mm)
  • Saw chain gauge: 0.050″ (1.3 mm)
  • Fuel oil ratio: 40:1
  • Fuel tank capacity: 9 oz (270 mL)
  • Chain oil reservoir capacity: 6.5 oz (200 mL)
  • Approximate dry weight: 11.75 lbs (5.3 kg)

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